I first met Tim Brandhorst in 2019 when I was running for the District 90 Board of Education. He attended a candidate mixer at a fellow River Forest resident’s home. Although we had never met, Tim’s reputation preceded him. I knew he was one of the individuals who was instrumental in advocating for River Forest to become a Welcoming Village.

During the Q&A, he pushed the candidates to think a little deeper about D90’s equity work. He shared his support for the work but highlighted the need for accountability and continuous analysis to determine what is working and where we can do better. It was clear he had done his homework, understood the nuance involved, and was not going to just accept a surface answer.

From experience, I know the skills necessary to productively serve on a local school board. He has what it takes. He is thoughtful, solutions-based, and will work collaboratively to find a path forward for D200.

Tim has been an active community member, serving on the Imagine team, OPRF Community Council, the board of Applause, and the River Forest Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group. He supports Imagine Project 2 and wants our students to learn in facilities suitable for 21st-century learning. He has been part of the process, has spoken to stakeholders, and knows it is time to move forward with updating our school. He embraces equity, supports the Honors for All curriculum initiative, and will closely track the available data to provide what is necessary for it to succeed in the long term.

Tim’s broad range of community experience, coupled with his background as an attorney with a career that has been devoted to public service, nonprofits, and social impact makes him an ideal candidate for the D200 Board of Education. He will keep our students at the forefront while working to ensure that we retain and attract high-quality teachers.

I wholeheartedly support Tim Brandhorst’s candidacy for D200 and encourage our community to vote for him on April 4.

Katie Avalos
D200 parent & River Forest resident

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